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Doctor insights on: How Can Hepatitis C Be Transmitted

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Can hepatitis C really be cured?

Can hepatitis C really be cured?

Yes: yes there are medications available to cure it. they are not 100%, but newer meds are becoming available, with very high success rates ...Read more

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Can hep b and hep c be transmitted sexually?

Can hep b and hep c be transmitted sexually?

Yes: Hepatitis b is very easy to transmit sexually. Hepatitis c is harder, but it happens. We are beginning to see cases of sexual transmission among gay men, probably from rough or inadequately lubricated anal sex or fisting, since some blood contact is usually required. ...Read more

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How can hepatitis b be prevented?

How can hepatitis b be prevented?

Vaccine, avoid risk: Vaccination is now standard for health care workers, and pediatric vaccines. This should decrease risk from needle stick injuries and sexual transmission. Avoid risk: don't shoot drugs, or snort them. Condoms also help decrease risk of transmission of hep b and other stds main risk is from birth in endemic regions (exposure to infected mother's blood); infants get Immune Globulin and vaccin. ...Read more

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Can HIV or hepatitis C be transmitted by a toothbrush easily?

Can HIV or hepatitis C be transmitted by a toothbrush easily?

Not easily: Hiv would be very very unlikely. The virus dies quickly outside the body, elements in saliva provide protection from infection, you would have to have some sort of open wound, and there would have to be large # of viruses. Same is almost true for hep c except it doesn't die quite as quickly and it takes fewer viruses to infect. I do not know of any cases that have been transmitted by a toothbru. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C be transferred from tattooing?

Can hepatitis C be transferred from tattooing?

Not if you're smart: Today's professional inkers will show you the sterilized, plastic-sealed containers of ink, and the autoclaved tattoo needles, and break the seals on both as you watch. Do not settle for anything less. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C be contacted through kissing?

Can hepatitis C be contacted through kissing?

No: Kissing does not transmit HIV or Hep c unless blood from the infected person enters a break in the skin or mucous membranes of the uninflected person. ...Read more

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Why hep c can't be transmitted through saliva while hep b can ?

Why hep c can't be transmitted through saliva while hep b can ?

That's the nature...: "That's the nature of the beast," as people say. It is just that way. Different germs have different ways of getting you. It depends on things like how well a germ survives in certain parts of one's body, how well they multiply there, how many there are, and then traits like how infectious or how contagious they are, how well our immune defenses are in various bodily parts, etc... ...Read more

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What causes the hep c virus to be transmitted?

What causes the hep c virus to be transmitted?

Blood contact: Hepatitis c is caused by hepatitis c virus, which is transmitted mostly through blood exposure (sharing needles and syringes). I can also be transmitted sexually, especially through fairly rough, unprotected, inadequately lubricated sex where there might be blood exposure. ...Read more

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Does hep c be transmitted through scratches?

Potentially: Since hepatitis c is a blood-borne disease, it can get into your body via scratches so be careful. ...Read more

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How is the hepatitis C virus related to sex?

How is the hepatitis C virus related to sex?

Questionable: It was once thought that unprotected sex was a common means of transmitting the hepatitis c virus. More recent studies among couples with one infected and one infected partner have called this into question but in such a situation, barrier protection would still be wise. ...Read more

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How can I prevent viral hepatitis C infection?

How can I prevent viral hepatitis C infection?

Avoid blood: Hepatitis c is only passed by blood exposure. This includes tattoos with dirty needles, snorting cocaine, sharing razors and tooth brushes with patients with hepatitis c. There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis c. ...Read more

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Can you spread hep c through sex?

Can you spread hep c through sex?

Low likelihood: Someone in a long-term, monogamous relationship with a partner infected with HCV is at low risk, the risk of sexual transmission ranges from 0 to 0.6 percent per year. This risk of transmission is slightly higher — about 1 percent per year — if involved in a short-term sexual relationship with someone who has Hepatitis C. The risk increases if the person is HIV positive ...Read more

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Can I transmit hepatitis C by having sex?

Can I transmit hepatitis C by having sex?

Yes: One can catch hepatitis c when having sex with somebody infected with hepc. Transmission of the virus during sex can happen, but is uncommon. One can discuss with his/her doctor what precautions can be taken. ...Read more

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Can you get hepatitis C from tattooing?

Hepatitis & tattoos: If the needle and the ink are contaminated with blood from someone with hepatitis c, the answer is yes. ...Read more

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Can you answer, is hepatitis C antibodies the same as having hepatitis C infection?

Can you answer, is hepatitis C antibodies the same as having hepatitis C infection?

No: About 25% of people who have hcv antibodies, indicating that they were exposed to this virus, will have spontaneously cleared the infection through their immune response. The only way to know if you actually have active infection is to test for hcv RNA (viral load). If the RNA is detected the person has active infection and could have liver damage. ...Read more

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How can poliomyelitis be transmitted?

How can poliomyelitis be transmitted?

Oral secretion/stool: The virus is active in the oral secretions of an infected patient from shortly before the onset of symptoms for up to 2 weeks. It is excreted in the stool for several weeks after the onset of illness. The virus is stable for days at room temperature. Contact with any viral material on hands or inhaled as droplets can pass the infection. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis b be transmitted through saliva?

Can hepatitis b be transmitted through saliva?

Hepatitis B risks: Hep B is very infectious. It's transmitted thru breaks in the skin or mucus membranes (nose, mouth, etc) by: ? Sexual contact with an infected person ? Direct contact with infected blood, even tiny amounts ? Sharing items, like toothbrushes, razors, syringes... ? Direct contact with open sores of an infected person ? At birth if the mother is infected. It's not thought to pass thru saliva-kissing ...Read more

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Hcv experts only please. Can hepatitis C be transmitted through the digestive system?

Hcv experts only please. Can hepatitis C be transmitted through the digestive system?

What is the question: I am not sure what the question is. Hepatitis c cannot be transmitted by stool, vomit, or urine. However, if someone had cuts on the skin and came in contact with bloody stool that could be a risk. If someone is having unprotected sex via anal intercourse, that activity is risky for hepatitis c transmission due to small tears in the anal mucosa (thin tissue in that area). ...Read more

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